Elementary Teacher Education AA-T Degree

Upon completion of the Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer, students will have a strong foundation in introductory content area subject matter requirements for teaching at the elementary school level. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in supervised fieldwork in K-12 settings. Students who complete the Associate in Arts Degree in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.

Please refer to the College Catalog for more information on transfer degree requirements

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate introductory subject matter competency for the Multiple Subject California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).
  • Compare and contrast teaching strategies and approaches appropriate to students of diverse needs, abilities, and backgrounds.
  • Discuss the historical influences and current trends in education.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

Link to Course Level Student Learning Outcomes for the CDE courses that focus on K-12


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Required Courses

Course ID Title Units
CDE 90* Intro to Elementary Education 3
CDE 7* Child Growth and Development 3
BIO 20 Introduction to Biology 4
CHEM 3* Fundamental Chemistry 4
PHYS 20 The Ideas and Events of Physics 4
GEOL 20 Introduction to Earth Science 4
MATH 14 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 5
SP 1 Communication Fundamentals 3
ENG 1A* Principles of Composition I 4
ENG 25* Introduction to Literature 3
GEOG 3 World Regional Geography 3
HIST 4 World History to 1750 3
HIST 16 History of the United States to 1876 3
PS 1 American Government 3

Group A: Select one of the following courses (3 units)

Course ID Title Units
ENG 1B* Principles of Composition II 3
ENG 170* Reasoning and College Reading 3

Group B: Select one of the following courses (3 units)

Course ID Title Units
ARTH 20 Art Appreciation 3
MUS 20 Music Appreciation 3
TA 20 Theatre Appreciation 3

Group C: Select one of the following courses (3 units)

Course ID Title Units
ENG 142* Children's Literature 3
ENG 17A* Survey of English Literature: Beowulf to Romantic Movement 3
ENG 17B* Survey of English Lit: Romantic Movement to The Present 3
ENG 15A* Survey of American Literature: 1620-1860 3
ENG 15B* Survey of American Literature: 1860-Contemporary 3
PHIL 1* Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 15* Introduction to Ethics 3
HUM 1* Introduction to Humanities 3
HUM 21* The Search for Meaning: Ideas of Self Across Cultures 3
ANTH 3* Culture and Language 3
Total Units for the Major 58

*Course has a prerequisite, co-requisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in the college catalog.